In 1971, Louise Cimont-Annett and Louise Gervais founded L’Atelier le Fil d’Ariane. Their goal was to offer a rewarding occupation to adults living with an intellectual disability, combined with partial financial support, affording them a unique place in society thanks to their artistic contribution. .
Since 1971, L’Atelier le Fil d’Ariane has been opening up a whole new world for hundreds of persons. A world of freedom and pride made possible by artistic expression. These men and women were given the opportunity to discover their artistic potential and to find personal fulfillment in many aspects of their everyday life.
Just like Ariane, in the Greek mythology, who gave Theseus a thread to help him find his way out of the maze and finally reach the sun of Crete, these men and women finally find their place in the sun.
Five days a week, 20 adults aged 18 and over report to work on their own and perform their tasks within a regular schedule. At their own pace, they create unique, bright-coloured embroideries.
Dazzlingly and triumphantly original, the artisans’ work are a luminous mounting of simplified symbols, strangely reminiscent of certain forms of Native art.
Social and cultural activities are organized to help our artisans develop self-confidence. Professional development programs are designed in the form of regular visits to museums, exhibitions and to some companies.
Numerous solo and group exhibits have earned them a chorus of praise not only in Canada but throughout Europe, the United States and Japan as well. Wherever they exhibit their work, they symbolize hope and pride.